Tyler Wright showed the value of having the right attitude to winning.
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Tyler Wright joined a long list of Australian women and men to become surfing world champion when she nailed down the title at Hossegor in France this week. The 22-year-old lost the final to Carissa Moore but claimed the championship after Moore had beaten Wright's only remaining rival for the title, Courtney Conlogue, in the semis. Along the way to her maiden championship, Wright dominated the tour, reaching seven of a possible nine semi-finals in a season to remember. The serious injury to her brother Owen after a wipeout last year which left him with bleeding on the brain had motivated her, she said, to change her attitude and pursue the world crown, something she had come close to achieving a couple of years ago but 'didn't really care' about.
David Warner (Australia)
The Aussies might have been flogged five-nil in their ODI series against the Proteas, but it wasn't David Warner's fault. Warner, who is in white-hot form, scored 386 runs across the series, with his stunning 173 off 136 balls in game five at Newlands almost getting the tourists home for an unlikely win. It was just a pity none of his teammates were really able to help the opener, who, literally, ran out of partners as the Aussie middle and late order failed to stick around and also succumbed to some dreadful and desperate running between wickets.
On the first day of the 2016-17 PGA Tour Hoffman produced a shot that is unlikely to be bested as he completed one of golf's rarest-of-all feats – a three-under par albatross. On the par-five 522 metre 18th at the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort, the 27-year-old took out his iron and struck his second shot sweetly from 230 metres out, with the ball landing just near the greenside bunker before bouncing twice and rolling straight into the hole.
Maarten Stekelenburg (Everton)
The Toffees' goalkeeper starred in their one-all draw with Manchester City, saving two penalties in a brilliant display. Just before half time, Stekelenburg showed beautiful anticipation to dive to his right and save Kevin De Bruyne's shot from the spot. Then he repeated his heroics in the 70th minute with a similar effort to block Sergio Aguero's penalty, although he was finally beaten minutes later by a neat header from Nolito. But the Dutch international wasn't done. Ten minutes from time he dove full length deflecting a De Bruyne long-distance screamer into the woodwork.
Caitlin Bassett (Diamonds)
The Australian goal shooter showed why she is arguably the world's best with a dominant display in the Diamonds' massive 62-50 win in the third Constellation Cup clash against the Silver Ferns on the weekend. Bassett sunk 56 from 65 attempts to break her own record for most goals per game as the Australians romped away with the match after an even first quarter. The 28-year-old finished the match in style, shooting all 16 of the Diamonds' last-quarter goals.
Shaun Kenny-Dowall (New Zealand)
Shaun Kenny-Dowall had an absolute shocker in the Kiwis' 26-6 loss to Australia in the Test match in Perth, gifting the hosts territory and points with poor defensive play and handling errors. The New Zealand centre gave away a first-half penalty through a high tackle then looked disinterested as Darius Boyd ran past him with ease for the hosts' first try. Worse still was Kenny-Dowall's blunder in the second half when he dropped the ball cold in a tackle, directly resulting in Kangaroos debutant Valentine Holmes scoring his first try in the green and gold.
The A-League grand final rematch was marred by a refereeing blunder that changed the course of the match. Adelaide shot out to an early lead thanks to a goal from Henrique just before half time. Super sub Brendon Santalab then equalised for the Wanderers in the 67th minute, but the goalscorer should have been given a red card for a crazy challenge on Reds midfielder James Holland. Referee Shaun Evans, however, erred on the cautious side only pulling out a yellow card for the incident. Unfortunately for Evans his failure to mete out an appropriate penalty handed the Wanderers the game as Santalab scored the match-winning goal in injury time.
Nick Kyrgios continued his meteoric rise up the world tanking rankings this week at the Shanghai Masters. The Australian threw away numerous points and argued with miffed spectators, who rightly claimed he was not respecting the game and were angry at being short-changed their entry fee. Kyrgios then let-fly post-match, saying he owed the fans nothing and that they should just leave if they didn't enjoy watching him phone his performance in. The ATP slapped Kyrgios with a $US16,500 fine but handed out no suspension although that may not be far away if he doesn't adjust his attitude.
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